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Down 5-0, Yankees Rally With 21 To Rout Rangers

GAME 99

YANKEES 21, RANGERS 5

From May 22 through May 25 the Texas Rangers outscored New York 30-15 in a three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium. So the Yankees entered this four-game series at Globe Life Park looking for a little bit of payback.

On Tuesday night they got exactly that  –  and then some.

After yielding five runs in the first inning, New York erupted to score 11 runs in the second en route to a crushing defeat of Texas in front of a national TV audience on FOX Sports 1.

Chris Young led the assault with his second grand slam of the season and he knocked in a career-high five runs. Brett Gardner also homered and he joined Didi Gregorius and Brendan Ryan in driving in three runs apiece as the Yankees put up the most runs in a game since they scored 22 against the Oakland Athletics on Aug. 25, 2011.

Rookie right-hander Diego Moreno (1-0), who was just called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre earlier in the day, pitched 5 1/3 innings of no-hit relief to earn his first Major League victory.

Moreno came in relief of left-hander Chris Capuano, who was making a spot start to allow Masahiro Tanaka to get an extra day of rest. But Capuano was unable to make it out of the first inning after walking Delino DeShields and retiring Rougned Odor and Adrian Beltre on routine flyouts.

Capuano walked Prince Fielder, Elvis Andrus followed with an RBI single and Mitch Moreland drew a walk to load the bases. Then Ryan Rua hit a bloop two-run single and Shin-Soo Choo followed with an RBI double.

The 36-year-old veteran than walked Robinson Chirinos to reload the bases and DeShields notched an RBI by drawing Capuano’s fifth walk of the inning.

Capuano gave way to Moreno after giving up five runs on three hits and five walks in a disastrous 42-pitch outing.

However, in the second inning the Yankees were able to tee off on left-hander Martin Perez (0-2), who was making only his third start after undergoing Tommy John surgery last season.

Young led off with a double and scored on Chase Headley’s RBI single. John Ryan Murphy singled and Perez loaded the bases by hitting Gregorius with a pitch.

Ryan followed with a two-run double and Jacoby Ellsbury and Gardner stroked consecutive RBI singles before Alex Rodriguez blasted a RBI double high off the left-field wall to give the Yankees a 6-5 lead.

Rangers manager Jeff Banister replaced Perez with veteran left-hander Wandy Rodriguez. After Rodriguez struck out Mark Teixeira, Young walked and Headley laced his second RBI single of the inning.

After Murphy struck out, Gregorius cleared the bases with a three-run triple and Ryan capped the 11-run explosion with an RBI double.

Perez was charged with eight runs on seven hits and he struck out one in his one-plus inning.

Rodriguez, however, was not much better because the Yankees opened the third inning by loading the bases singles by Gardner and Rodriguez and a walk to Teixeira. Young then blasted a 3-1 offering into the first-row of the left-field bleachers for his 12th home run of the season to extend the lead to 15-5.

After Rodriguez walked Headley he was replaced by right-hander Phil Klein having yielded seven runs on six hits and three walks in one inning.

Gardner completed the Yankees’ onslaught in the ninth with a two-run homer, his 11th of the season, off infielder Adam Rosales, who was used a pitcher in a mop-up role by the Rangers for the second time this season.

Adam Warren pitched three perfect innings to earn his first save of the season and the fifth of his career.

The 11 runs the Yankees scored in the second inning were the most runs the team has scored in an inning and the most they scored in any inning since they scored 12 runs in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles on July 30, 2011. The most runs the Yankees have scored in an inning was the 14 they scored in the fifth inning against Washington on July 6, 1920.

With the victory the Yankees increased their Major League-best July record to 16-5 and they are 57-42 on the season They also maintained their seven-game lead over the second-place Orioles in the American League East.

The Rangers are 47-52.

PINSTRIPE POSITIVES

  • Young, 36, has been bashing left-handers all season and he did it again on Tuesday. He was 3-for-6 with two doubles, a home run, scored four runs and drove in five. Young is 36-for-97 (.371) with seven homers and 19 RBIs against lefties this season and he is batting .263 with 12 homers and 33 RBIs overall.
  • Gregorius, 25, had another record-breaking night after he drove in a career-high four runs on Monday. He was 4-for-5 with three singles, a double, two runs scored and three RBIs. It was the first four-hit game of his career. In the first two games of the series, Gregorius is 7-for-9 with a homer and seven RBIs. He is now batting .257 on the season.
  • Moreno, 28, was one of two players the Yankees acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates in February, 2012 in a trade for right-hander A,J. Burnett. He was making only his third Major League appearance. He did not give up a hit and only walked Choo with two outs in the third. He struck out five and recorded six groundball outs. Unfortunately, he likely will be sent back down on Wednesday so the Yankees can call up another fresh arm from Scranton.

NAGGING NEGATIVES

  • Why should there be a negative after a 21-5 victory? Consider this: The decision to rest Tanaka an extra day by manager Joe Girardi was odd enough. The decision to start Capuano was even odder because Warren was much better as a starter. But Capuano finally proved that he may need a fork stuck in him because he is done. After this outing, Capuano is 0-4 with a 6.97 ERA. There is simply no excuse for walking five batters in an inning. He has got to go.

BOMBER BANTER

In order to make room on the 25-man roster for Moreno, the Yankees optioned right-hander Nick Goody back to Scranton. Goody, 24, was just called up to the team on July 25 and he did not appear in a game for the Yankees in that span. Moreno was 3-0 with a 2.18 ERA in 26 games at Scranton.  . . .  After leaving Monday’s game after 75 pitches with arm fatigue, right-hander Ivan Nova told reporters that he will not miss his next scheduled start on Sunday. Nova was concerned about his arm because he was making only his sixth start after coming back from Tommy John surgery last season.

ON DECK

The Yankees have already clinched a series tie and they can claim a victory in the four-game series against the Rangers on Wednesday.

Tanaka (7-3, 3.64 ERA) will start for the Yankees, The Yankees have won his past five starts and he is 3-0 in that stretch. He yielded three runs on five hits and struck out seven in 7 2/3 innings to beat the Orioles on Thursday.

The Rangers will start right-hander Colby Lewis (10-4, 4.49 ERA). Lewis held the Angels to two runs on five hits and one walk with nine strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings in a victory on Friday.

Game-time will be 8:05 p.m. EDT and the game will be broadcast by the YES Network.

 

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Yankees Sweep Tribe But Lose Sabathia, Pettitte

GAME 74

YANKEES 5, INDIANS 4

On a day when fate seemed to be frowning upon the New York Yankees, the team scratched and clawed its way to a late lead and, despite being the verge of handing it back, they held on to win a tough one in the Bronx.

The Yankees began Wednesday’s game knowing they had lost ace left-hander CC Sabathia to the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin and they later found out that starter Andy Pettitte suffered a fractured left ankle after being struck by a hard shot off the bat of Casey Kotchman in the top of the fifth inning.

So a spirited Yankee Stadium crowd of 45,022 was hoping for some good news to brighten the gloom.

Robinson Cano provided some good news in the bottom of the sixth inning when he stroked a two-run, opposite-field home run to give the Yankees a 4-3 lead and Eric Chavez drove in three runs, including a huge insurance run in the eighth inning, as New York held on – barely – in the ninth to complete a three-game sweep of Cleveland.

The Yankees began the sixth inning down 3-2 after the Indians took advantage of Pettitte’s departure to put together back-to-back two-out RBI singles by Astrubal Cabrera and Jason Kipnis off reliever Clay Rapada.

However, Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez opened the sixth by falling behind Alex Rodriguez 2-0 and Rodriguez blooped a double into the right-field corner. Cano then stroked a 1-2 slider on the outside corner into the left-field bleachers for his 17th home run of the season his seventh homer in his last 10 games.

Freddy Garcia (2-2), who entered the game with two out in the fifth, pitched 2 1/3 perfect innings and struck out two to pick up the victory in relief. David Robertson followed him with a perfect eighth inning in which he fanned a pair also.

Chavez then stepped to the plate in the eighth inning against Indians reliever Vinnie Pestano with two out and Mark Teixeira on second and pinch-runner Dewayne Wise on first after Raul Ibanez singled.

On a 2-2 pitch, Chavez was able to roll a ball through the hole between first and second base into right-field to score Teixeira with what looked to an ordinary insurance run at the time.

However, the Indians refused to lose their season-worst fifth game in a row without a fight and closer Rafael Soriano did not have his best stuff as he sought his 17th save in the ninth.

Pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall slapped a single to right to open the frame and Soriano walked Shin-Soo Choo. After retiring Kotchman on a flyout, Lou Marson singled into left to load the bases.

After Soriano struck out pinch-hitter Johnny Damon. Soriano issued a walk to Michael Brantley to force in a run and the restless natives in the Bronx were fearing the worst.

However, Soriano got Cabrera to hit a routine fly ball to left and Wise let it settle into his glove for final out that gave the Yankees their fifth straight victory and their 15th victory in their last 18 games.

With the victory, the Yankees improved their season mark to 46-28 and they extended their lead in the American League East to a full five games over the second-place Baltimore Orioles. The Indians dropped to 37-37.

PINSTRIPE POSITIVES

  • Cano’s June home run binge has been amazing. In his last 10 games, Cano is 14-for-36 (.389) with seven home runs and 11 RBIs. His 3-for-4 day also raised his season average to .308 with 18 home runs and 41 RBIs. After an extremely slow start and struggling with runners in scoring position, it appears Cano is back to the dangerous hitter he has always been.
  • Chavez was called upon to play first so Teixeira could rest as the designated hitter and Chavez made manager Joe Girardi look clairvoyant. Chavez was 2-for-3 with a two-run double, an RBI single and a walk. He also played flawlessly in the field. His two-run double in the fourth off Jimenez gave the Yankees their first lead of the game at 2-1.
  • With the injuries to Sabathia and Pettitte, Garcia becomes relevant again as a starter. Fortunately for the Yankees, the 35-year-old right-hander has 147 career major-league victories. In addition, Garcia is throwing with better velocity than he did in spring training and in April as a starter. If he can be as effective as he was last season when he was 12-8 with a 3.62 ERA the Yankees might not need to make a deal for a pitcher to fill in until Pettitte returns.

NAGGING NEGATIVES

  • The righty-lefty sidewinding combo of Cody Eppley and Rapada did not fare well in the fifth inning in relief of Pettitte. Eppley gave up an infield single and a sac bunt and Rapada came on to get Brantley to hit into a fielder’s choice. But Cabrera and Kipnis struck for a pair of RBI singles to give the lead back to the Tribe. Fortunately, Garcia came in and retired the next seven batters in a row.
  • Jayson Nix was given a start at shortstop to allow Derek Jeter to rest a day after his 38th birthday. But Nix had a rough game. He struck out twice and rolled out weakly to short. Also, in the field, he actually lost Kipnis’ pop fly single in the sun, which gave the Indians the lead. Jeter would have caught it easily.
  • Soriano is not exactly your typical shutdown closer, but his high-wire act on Wednesday was pretty scary. Soriano is 2-0 with a 1.88 ERA and 17 saves – all excellent numbers. However, in 28 2/3 innings he has given up 30 hits and walked 12 for a WHIP of 1.47. That is a very bad number for a closer.

BOMBER BANTER

The Yankees placed Sabathia on the disabled list with what is being listed as a Grade 1 groin strain. He is expected to miss two starts and be able to rejoin the Yankees after the All-Star break.  An MRI on Tuesday indicated a strained abductor muscle in his left leg that Sabathia injured in the fourth inning of his start on Sunday against the Mets at Citi Field. He has not missed a start as a Yankee and he has not missed any starts since 2006. The Yankees announced that right-hander Adam Warren will be recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and he will start in Sabathia’s place on Friday against the Chicago White Sox.  . . .  Pettitte had his injured left ankle placed in a protective boot and he is expected to miss at least six weeks. Pettitte held a 2-1 lead and he had given up one unearned run on three hits and one walk and he struck out seven in four-plus innings when he had to leave the game. Garcia is expected to fill in for Pettitte as a starter until he returns.

ON DECK

The Yankees will open a four-game home weekend series with the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

Right-hander Ivan Nova (9-2, 4.25 ERA) will begin the series on the mound for the Yankees. Nova allowed three runs (two earned) in 5 2/3 innings on Saturday against the Mets. Nova got a no-decision, which snapped his streak of five straight victories, but the Yankees won the game. Nova is 2-0 with a 1.37 ERA in his three starts against the White Sox.

The White Sox will counter with right-hander Dylan Axelrod (0-1, 4.85 ERA). Axelrod allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Milwaukee Brewers in his first start replacing the injured Phillip Humber. Axelrod has never faced the Yankees.

Game-time will be 7:05 p.m. EDT and the game will be telecast by the YES Network.

 

Tribe Gets Their ‘Phil’ Of Red-Hot Hughes, Yankees

GAME 73

YANKEES 6, INDIANS 4

In his last outing, Phil Hughes gave up six runs on four home runs in 4 1/3 innings to become the first Yankee starter to fail to pitch at least innings in June. He made up for that poor showing in spades on Tuesday in the Bronx.

Hughes scattered six hits and blanked Cleveland over eight innings to win his fourth game in his last five starts as New York pummeled the Indians for the second straight night to maintain the best record in the major leagues.

Hughes (8-6) was in complete command throughout, walking one and striking out four, mixing an effective curveball with his 94-mile-per-hour fastball to keep the Indians off the board. In the last two nights, Hiroki Kuroda and Hughes have given up just one run on 11 hits and three walks and struck out 11 in 15 innings.

At the same time, the Yankees managed to strike early against Indians right-hander Justin Masterson, using two weapons the Yankees have been terrible at this season: two-out hits and hitting with runners in scoring position.

Masterson had Nick Swisher on first on a fielder’s choice with two out in the second inning when Dewayne Wise singled to right-field to advance Swisher to third. Chris Stewart, starting his third straight game behind the plate, followed with a soft liner that bounced off the glove of Jack Hannahan and rolled behind him into foul territory.

Swisher scored and Indians manager Manny Acta argued that the ball appeared to be foul when Hannahan touched it. However, replays on MY9 showed third-base umpire Mike DiMuro had made the correct call of a fair ball.

Derek Jeter, celebrating his 38th birthday, then hit a hard ground ball off the leg of Masterson for an infield single that loaded the bases.

Curtis Granderson capped the inning with an opposite-field two-run single to left and the Yankees had another early lead on the Tribe at 3-0.

The Yankees tacked on single runs in the fifth, the seventh and the eighth innings to extend their margin to 6-0.

Mark Teixiera’s sacrifice fly in the fifth scored Granderson, who had walked to leadoff the inning. Alex Rodriguez smacked a long line-drive home run – his 13th of the season – into the second deck in left-field in the seventh off reliever Tony Sipp. In the eighth, Stewart, who entered the game with only seven RBIs all season, knocked his second run of the night with a sacrifice fly of his own.

Masterson (4-7) was tagged with the loss, giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks and he struck out two in six innings of work.

The Indians, meanwhile, took out their two nights of frustration on Yankees right-hander Cory Wade in the bottom of the ninth. With two out and Jason Kipnis on third, Johnny Damon looped a dying quail single just in front of Granderson in center to end Hughes’ shutout. After a Casey Kotchman single, Jose Lopez, who was only in the game because Hannahan was ejected in the 8th inning by DiMuro, blasted a three-run home run.

Manager Joe Girardi then brought in closer Rafael Soriano to retire Lonnie Chisenhall on an infield grounder after just two pitches and earn his 16th save of the season.

The Yankees improved their season record to 45-28 and they have now won 14 of their last 17 games. They also increased their lead in the American League East to four games over the second-place Baltimore Orioles. The Indians have lost four straight games and are 37-36.

PINSTRIPE POSITIVES

  • Hughes pretty much proved that his June 20 start against the Braves was an aberration from the positive work he has been doing since he was 1-4 with a 7.48 ERA on May 5. Since then Hughes is 7-2 with a 3.44 ERA. He finished June with a 4-1 mark and a 2.97 ERA.
  • Russell Martin’s pain was Stewart’s gain on Tuesday. Stewart’s two-out single scored the first run and he drove in the Yankees’ last tally of the night with a sac fly. Stewart was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and he is hitting a respectable .258 on the season as the backup catcher. That is not too bad.
  • Granderson’s two-run single set the tone for the rest of the night because Hughes was in such total command the Indians seem demoralized after the lead got to be 3-0. Granderson has been struggling at the plate over his last nine games. He was 5-for-35 (.143) with one home run and two RBIs entering play Tuesday. In 13 of those at-bats, Granderson had struck out.

NAGGING NEGATIVES

  • The only downer on the night was the shoddy relief effort from Wade. He was tagged four four runs on four hits and his ERA shot up from 3.34 to 4.45. But Wade has been struggling a lot lately. In his last five appearances, Wade has given up seven runs on 10 hits and two walks over just three innings. His ERA on June 11 was 2.63. With former Seattle Mariners closer David Aardsma expected to be ready to come off the disabled list just after the All-Star break, Wade best clean up his act soon.

BOMBER BANTER

DiMuro had an interesting night as the third-base umpire. After correctly ruling Stewart’s soft liner a hit, Wise went leaping into the stands behind third base to catch a foul pop off the bat of Hannahan in the seventh inning. The ball hit into his glove but rolled out as he fell into the first row. A fan a few seats down held up the ball. However, Hannahan was ruled out by DiMuro. The umpire owned up the mistake after the game, but he was not pleased when Hannahan told him the replays showed he blew the call. DiMuro immediately ejected Hannahan before the start of the bottom of the eighth inning.  . . .  Martin took batting practice for the first time since suffering stiffness in his lower back. But Girardi chose to give him another day of rest so he can receive further treatment. Martin said he hopes to be able to play on Wednesday.

COMMENTARY

Because MY9 was broadcasting the game locally in New York, I was forced to listen to the Indians broadcast of Tuesday’s game and I was not happy with what I heard.

The play-by-play man Matt Underwood and color man Rick Manning are naturally looking at the game from the Indians’ perspective. But I do not understand why these broadcast teams have to openly root for their team on the air.

In the top of the third inning, the Indians were trailing 3-0 and they managed to start the inning with back-to-back hits from Hannahan and Chisenhall. As Shin-Soo Choo stepped to the plate, Manning says, “Come on, hit one out and tie it up.”

I know the team is in the midst of fight for the Central Division and they have been slumping at the plate and losing a lot. But do you have to go to the trouble of donning saddle shoes and shaking pom-poms to blatantly wish the Indians to win instead of just calling what happens like most professional broadcast teams do?

In the second inning, Manning and Underwood were throwing daggers at DiMuro for calling Stewart’s soft liner a fair ball. Manning looked at one inconclusive replay and said, “That ball was definitely a foul ball.” The next half-inning Underwood sheepishly admitted that after looking at the “down-the-line” shot the Yankee broadcasters showed him it appeared that DiMuro got the call right. Oops.

Of course, Manning never apologized. He said squat.

Then in the seventh inning when DiMuro did make a mistake on Wise’s play, Manning pounced. They showed the replay several times and complained about DiMuro. Heck, the fact the Indians were flailing at Hughes’ pitches and looking like a high school baseball team doing it had nothing to do with it. It was all DiMuro’s fault.

Manning got in one last dig in the ninth when Rodriguez caught a foul pop navigating the tarp near the stands. Manning said: “Well, we know that if it hits leather it is out tonight.”

In the second inning, after DiMuro’s call, Underwood said “Well, you know other teams who come here say it is impossible to get a call in this stadium.”

I am sick of broadcasters making these types of comments because they not only are stupid, baseless and unprofessional, they also foster the hostility the Yankees receive in visiting ballparks.

Just face it, the Yankees are just a good baseball team. They play the game right and they do respect their opponents. Jeter is the perfect ambassador for the way the Yankees approach the game and the team follows his lead.

So finding scapegoats for why their team loses is just what a Bush League broadcaster would do. The real culprit for the losses is in the mirror when the Indians look at themselves. It is not the umpire, the fans or some weird karma at the stadium. If the Indians stink it is because they stink.

ON DECK

The Yankees will go for their fifth straight victory and a sweep of the Indians on Wednesday.

Left-hander Andy Pettitte (3-3, 3.29 ERA) will take the mound for the Yankees. Pettitte suffered through a five-run first inning and lost in his last start against the the New York Mets on Friday. He is 5-4 with a 3.97 ERA in the last 10 seasons against the Indians.

The Indians will counter with right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez (7-5, 4.59). Jimenez gave up four hits and four walks and struck out eight in holding the Houston Astros scoreless over 6 2/3 innings in his last start. He is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA against the Yankees lifetime.

Game-time will be 1:05 p.m. EDT and the game will be telecast nationally by the MLB Network and locally by the YES Network.

 

 

Cano, Kuroda Lead Yankees In Easy Walk In Park

GAME 72

YANKEES 7, INDIANS 1

You ever feel a cooling evening breeze and decide to take a leisurely stroll with loved ones through Central Park? That is pretty much what the New York Yankees felt on Monday as they thoroughly defeated the Cleveland Indians as if they were just taking a walk in the park.

The Yankees erupted to score a pair of runs in each of the first three innings and Hiroki Kuroda threw seven-plus innings of dominant baseball as New York downed Cleveland in their first meeting of the season at Yankee Stadium.

Red-hot Robinson Cano led the offensive barrage against Indians starter Josh Tomlin (3-5) with a two-run double in the first inning and a two-out solo home run in third inning. It was the sixth home run Cano has hit in his last eight games.

Another Yankee swinging a hot bat, Nick Swisher, followed Cano’s solo home run with one of his own to the opposite field in left. It was the fourth time this season the Yankees have hit back-to-back home runs in a game.

Manager Joe Girardi decided to give Curtis Granderson “half a day off” by using him as the designated hitter and starting Dewayne Wise in center-field for the first time this season. Wise responded with a two-run home run off Tomlin in the second inning and an RBI triple in the sixth off reliever Scott Barnes.

Tomlin entered play with a 2-1 record against the Yankees and he had not allowed a home run in his career to the Yankees. The Yankees rose to the occasion and hit three off Tomlin to extend their major-league-leading total to 115.

Tomlin gave up six runs on six hits and two walks and he struck three in only three innings of work.

Meanwhile, Kuroda (7-7) continued his recovery from what was a poor start to the season.

He held the Indians to thre hits and two walks in the first seven innings. But he was touched by a pair of singles by Lonnie Chisenhall and Shin-Soo Choo to begin the eighth.

Clay Rapada came into the game and with one out Jason Kipsis scored Chisenhall with a lined sacrifice fly to right to spoil Kuroda’s shutout.

But Kuroda ended up giving up just the one run on five hits and two walks and he struck out seven.

In his last six starts, the 37-year-old right-hander is 4-1 with a 1.93 ERA and he has not pitched less than six innings in any of those starts.

The Yankees, meanwhile, have now won three games in a row after losing three in a row to snap a 10-game winning streak.

With the victory, the Yankees improved their season ledger to 44-28. They also moved three games up on the second-place Baltimore Orioles in the American League East. The Indians fell to 37-35.

PINSTRIPE POSITIVES

  • Over his last eight games, Cano is 10-for-28 (.357) with six home runs and nine RBIs. Cano has raised his season average to .302 and he now has 17 home runs and 39 RBIs. His double in the first also came with runners in scoring position. Cano is still last among all the regulars in hitting just .164 with RISP.
  • Swisher has been on a hitting binge of his own lately. In his last 10 games since June 12, Swisher is 14-for-35 (.400) with three home runs and nine RBIs. During that span he has raised his season average from .250 to .268 and he still leads the Yankees in RBIs with 46.
  • Kuroda has been a different pitcher since May 21 when he was 3-6 with a 4.56 ERA. Since that time he has given up just nine runs on 32 hits and 10 walks and struck out 35 batters in his last 42 innings. He has been the Yankees’ best starting pitcher over that stretch and perhaps he really is worth the one-year, $10 million contract the Yankees offered to him this winter.

NAGGING NEGATIVES

There was nothing to complain about in this contest. Kuroda was sensational, the offense got rolling early and often and Derek Jeter, Cano and Swisher flashed some serious leather in the field behind Kuroda. This is what makes watching the Yankees a joy.

BOMBER BANTER

Besides resting Granderson’s legs, Girardi also chose to rest Alex Rodriguez for the third time this season and started Eric Chavez at third base. In addition, Chris Stewart drew his second consecutive start behind the plate because Russell Martin is still nursing stiffness in his lower back. Martin would have been available to catch in an emergency but Girardi opted to give his starting catcher another day off to rest his back. Martin could start on Tuesday.  . . .  Cano’s hot streak at the plate corresponds with him also finding out on Monday that he had overtaken Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers in the most recent voting for the starting second baseman for the American League All-Star team. Jeter and Granderson are also in line to start, according to the voting. There are only three days left to vote.

ON DECK

The Yankees will continue their three-game home series with the Indians on Tuesday.

Right-hander Phil Hughes (7-6, 4.94 ERA) will get the start for the Yankees. Hughes would much rather forget his last start when the Atlanta Braves pounded him for four home runs in 4 1/3 innings and he became the first Yankees starter to pitch less than six innings in June. He is 2-1 with a 3.52 ERA in his career against the Indians.

The Indians will start right-hander Justin Masterson (4-6, 3.98 ERA). Masterson tossed a complete-game victory in his last outing against the Cincinnati Reds. He struck out nine in that game. He is 2-2 with a 2.76 ERA in his career against the Yankees.

Game-time will be 7:05 p.m. EDT and the game will be telecast locally by MY9.

 

Chief Tames Tribe As Yankees Pound Out 18 Hits

GAME 63

YANKEES 9, INDIANS 1

A game of contrasts was on display at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.

The grizzled veterans of the Yankees, led by starting pitcher Freddy Garcia, was calmly efficient in its pitching, hitting and defense. The Central Division-leading Indians, however, are a young team prone to mistakes in pitching and defense and struggling to put together an offense.

The net result was a third straight beating by New York over Cleveland. The combined scores of the three games is:Yankees 24, Indians 8.

Garcia (5-5) led the way by limiting the Indians to just one run on seven hits and two walks and he struck out six in 6 2/3 innings of work. The Indians were 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position against Garcia and 0-for-12 overall.

Meanwhile, the Yankees gave Garcia more than enough support with a season-high 18 hits, led by Curtis Granderson, who was 4-for-4 with two RBIs, Brett Gardner, who was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and three runs scored and Alex Rodriguez, who was 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs.

Indians starter Mitch Talbot (7-4) was chased after five innings in which he gave up six runs on a career-high 12 hits and one walk and he fanned two batters. He also was let down by his defense during a five-run fifth inning, in which outfielders Shin-Soo Choo and Auston Kearns misjudged fly balls.

With the victory the Yankees are back at a season-high nine games over .500 with a 36-27 record. They remain two games in  back of first-place Boston in the American League East. The Indians have now lost 14 of their last 18 games and they are 34-29.

PINSTRIPE POSITIVES

  • Garcia bounced back from a poor showing in his last start against Boston to pitch a shutout for six innings. The Indians scored their only run on a Kearns leadoff double in the seventh. He advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a groundout by Michael Brantley. Garcia evened his season record and lowered his season ERA to 3.60.
  • Derek Jeter was 2-for-5, scored a run and drove in a pair. His two hits give him 2,993 for his career, just seven hits shy of the 3,000-hit plateau. Jeter has four games remaining on the homestand to reach the mark.
  • Granderson continues to blister the ball. Despite the fact Jose Bautista wrested the major-league home run lead away from him on Sunday, Granderson was perfcet at the plate with a double, three singles, a sac fly, two runs scored and two RBIs. Granderson raised his season batting average to .279.
  • After being thrown out twice on the bases on Saturday, Gardner used his speed to maximum effect by igniting three innings in which the Yankees scored. He doubled to lead off the third and later scored on Granderson’s sac fly. He doubled to lead off the fifth and scored on a Jeter RBI single. And in the eighth, he led off with a triple and scored on a Jeter RBI single.

NAGGING NEGATIVES

  • Russell Martin, returning to the starting lineup after a four-game absence due to back stiffness, probably wished he waited another day to come back. Martin was 0-for-4 including a strikeout and hitting into a pair of double plays. Martin bounced into a double play in the fifth inning with the bases loaded and one out. The Indians also stole five bases on him, though most of them were off the slow deliveries of Garcia.
  • Mark Teixeira also was 0-for-4 with a walk in the game. That lowered Teixeira’s season average to .252.
  • Rodriguez committed a throwing error on what would have been an inning-ending forceout off the bat of Carlos Santana in the seventh inning. Rodriguez’s throw drew Robinson Cano off second base and loaded the bases. Fortunately for Rodriguez, reliever Boone Logan retired Choo on a soft liner to Jeter.

BOMBER BANTER

The Yankees placed starting pitcher Bartolo Colon on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with strained left hamstring. In addition, the Yankees placed reliever Amauri Sanit on the DL with a right elbow injury. The Yankees recalled right-hander Hector Noesi and outfielder Chris Dickerson from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace Colon and Sanit. Colon said he hopes to be back when he is eligible to be removed from the DL on June 27. The 38-year-old right-hander injured his hamstring in the seventh inning covering first base on a grounder by Choo. Noesi is likely to replace Colon as a starter on Thursday in Arlington, TX, where the Yankees will face the Rangers.

ON DECK

The Yankees have already won the four-game series against the Indians and they will go for the sweep on Monday.

A.J. Burnett (6-4, 4.37 ERA) will start for the Yankees. The result of his last start against the Red Sox is classified. Burnett is 3-4 with a 4.37 ERA in his career against the Indians.

The Indians will counter with right-hander Carlos Carrasco (5-3, 4.52 ERA), who is coming off 8 1/3 innings of shutout baseball against the Twins on Tuesday. He gave up three hits, a walk and fanned six. He has never faced the Yankees.

Game-time will be 7:05 p.m. EDT and the game will be telecast nationally by ESPN and locally by the YES Network.

Granderson’s 2-Run Blast Gives Yankees Victory Over Tribe

GAME 98
YANKEES 3, INDIANS 2


As July started it seemed all the focus of Yankee fans was on the struggles of Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter. As those players started getting hotter than the weather and with the team in first place, Curtis Granderson stayed under the radar.

After Monday night, it is pretty safe to say Yankee fans are beginning to see the real Curtis Granderson.

It was Granderson’s two-run home run with no outs in the eighth inning off Indians right-hander Jake Westbrook (6-7) that gave the New York Yankees a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

It was Granderson’s third home run in two days and he is 18-for-52 (.346) in his last 14 games. That has raised his season batting average from .225 for .249.

Granderson’s 421-foot blast into the right-field bleachers at Progressive Field made a winner out of Javier Vazquez (9-7). Vazquez held the Indians to two runs on five hits and three walks over seven-plus innings of work.

Vazquez was touched for a solo home run by DH Travis Hafner with one out in the second inning and a two-out RBI double Shin-Soo Choo in the sixth inning that gave the Indians a 2-1 lead. But Granderson’s heroics after a leadoff walk to Jorge Posada from Westbrook turned the game around.

Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 21st save in 23 chances. 

Alex Rodriguez, who was hit in the left forearm and hand by a pitch in the eighth inning of Sunday’s game against the Royals, started at third base and hit fourth on Monday night to resume his quest for his 600th home run. But he finished the night 0-for-4.

The victory ran the Yankees’ season record to 63-35 and a season-high 28 games over .500. The Yankees also maintained their three-game lead over the second-place Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East.

The Indians’ season record fell to 41-58.

YANKEE POSITIVES

  • N
    ick Swisher continued his fine season with a solo home run off Wesrbrook in the fourth inning. The home run was Swisher’s 18th of the season and he now has 59 RBIs, which is fourth on the team. 
  • Granderson’s home run actually followed an at-bat in which he just missed a home run in the fifth inning when his line drive hit the top of the right-field wall. The ball caromed directly to Choo in right-field and Choo made a throw to Jason Donald at second base, where umpire Dale Scott called Granderson out trying to stretch the single into a double. However, replays of the play showed Granderson’s foot hit the base before Donald tagged him.
  • Jorge Posada had a good night at the plate. He battled back from an 0-2 count to draw a walk off Westbrook in the fifth inning. He then made it to third base on Granderson’s hit off the wall but the blown call from Dale Scott and a strikeout by Francisco Cervelli left him stranded at third. Posada also singled to left to lead off the eighth inning and scored on Granderson’s home run.
  • Protecting a 2-1 lead, manager Joe Girardi went to the bullpen when Javier Vazquez walked Michael Brantley to start the eighth inning. Instead of Joba Chamberlain, Girardi turned to David Robertson to induce a double-play grounder from Asdrubal Cabrera and left-hander Boone Logan to strike out Choo. 
THE NEGATIVES

  • The Yankees made Westbrook look like Roy Halladay for the first seven innings of the game. They only managed two hits and two walks off the veteran right-hander. Derek Jeter, Rodriguez, Robinson Cano, Cervelli and Brett Gardner were a combined 0-for-16 off Westbrook, who started the game with a 4.74 ERA this season and a 5.29 ERA against the Yankees in his career.
  • Vazquez pitched exceptionally well and gave the Yankees seven good innings but he made two terrible mistakes that cost him. He left a fastball over the plate to Hafner and Hafner crushed it for his ninth home run of the season. Then he left a 3-2 fastball up in the zone to Choo, who doubled in the tie-breaking run in the sixth inning. 
  • Mark Teixeira committed a base-running blunder in the fourth inning. After drawing a walk, Teixeira ran to second on a line-drive to left off the bat of Rodriguez that Crowe just barely got his glove under. Instead of running back to first, Teixeira stayed at second to argue the out call only to be tagged out as Crowe threw to Jason Donald at second. The umpires conferred and ruled it a legal catch. Thus Teixeira was out on the double play.
DIAMOND NOTES

Girardi announced that Dustin Moseley would start for the Yankees on Thursday against the Indians instead of Sergio Mitre. Mitre, who was activated off the disabled list on Saturday to replace Andy Pettitte in the rotation, gave up seven runs in 4 1/3 innings. Moseley came on to replace Mitre in the game and pitched 4 2/3 innings of shutout baseball and only gave up a single and walk over that span.  . . .   Rodriguez failed to hit his 600th home run at age 34. Rodriguez turns 35 on Tuesday and he has a full year to worry about being the youngest player to hit 600 home runs. Babe Ruth hit his 600th at age 36.
THE NEXT GAME

The Yankees will continue their four-game series with the Indians on Tuesday with former Indians ace CC Sabathia on the mound for them.
Sabathia (13-3, 3.18 ERA) has given up three runs and four walks in both of his outings after the All-Star break. However, Sabathia still has not lost a game since May 23 when the Mets defeated him 6-4.  That is 11 straight starts without a loss. Sabathia is 1-0 with a 4.34 ERA against his former team.
Sabathia will be opposed by rookie right-hander Josh Tomlin, who will be making his major-league debut on Tuesday. Tomlin, a 19th-round selection in the Major League First-Year Player Draft in 2006, was 8-4 with a 2.68 ERA in 20 appearances (17 starts) for Triple-A Columbus this season.
Game-time will be 7:05 p.m. EDT and the game will be broadcast locally by MY9.